William J. Filo, 71
William “Bill” J. Filo found peace and eternal life Nov. 17, 2017, at the age of 71. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Merry (nee Matthews); very proud father of Tracey (Robert) LeGrand and Todd (LaShauna); and loving and playful “Papa” to Elizabeth, Emma and Portia LeGrand. He is also survived by his sister, Kathi (William) Seiler; LaShauna’s daughter, Lyric Chavez; sisters-in-law, Jane (Jeff) Domach and Carol Schaefer; and nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Amelia (nee David), and his brother, Gary Filo.
Bill was born in West Bend. He graduated with a BA in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After graduation, he worked for Oscar Mayer in Madison, and then moved on to a 30-year career at Rexford Paper Co. in Milwaukee, working his way up from a summer job to General Manager. He also sold long-term care insurance for G.E Corp. Retirement saw Bill greeting shoppers at Costco in Grafton. Customers will remember his friendly hellos and constant smiles.
Traveling was one of Bill and Merry’s greatest pleasures. His favorite trips included a safari to
Kenya and Tanzania, and a visit to Normandy, France. Always a willing
taster, he enjoyed sampling beer and wine in the countries they visited.
Door County was also a yearly favorite excursion. An avid sports fan,
Bill especially enjoyed the Packers, and was a season ticket holder to
Badger games for many years. Watching the birds at his feeder,
especially the cardinals, provided winter pastime. Hobbies included
gardening, playing bridge and sheepshead, and golf, deer hunting and
fishing in his younger years. Bill and Merry moved to Cedarburg in 1979,
at which time they joined St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. He had a
beautiful tenor voice and was a longtime member of the St. Francis
Borgia choir. Bill will be remembered for his gentleness, engaging
smile, mischievous eyes, and humorous remarks. His deep love for his
family will live on, and he will be remembered by many as a gentlemen.